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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Mythos, written and read by Stephen Fry.

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Lily
  • 11-08-17

I need more!

Thoroughly enjoyed this witty and engaging narrative. I will admit a feeling of massive disappointment though, when the stories just ended at Midas and I discovered that there was no mention of well known tales such as those of Hercules, Icarus, Oedipus, Electra, or the War of Troy. Stephen mentions that if he had covered these stories too the book would've been too long; well I'm hoping he'll read this and see me imploring him now to pleeeease write a part 2 and include the rest! His written style is so lovely to follow, I'm bitterly sad he's not retelling me the whole lot. I've tried reading books of Greek Mythology before, and so often find them dry and hard to follow. This book flowed beautifully. I'm sad it ended. Please write another one Stephen!!! *weeps melodramatically and sacrifices a cow for the muse of writers*

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  • Mr Vaughan James
  • 11-10-17

MYTHOS - A gift of a book from The Gods

This book is bar far one of the best reads of this genre I've had the pleasure to lend my ears to or cast my eyes upon.

Stephen Fry is one of the top Three of my favourite authors and this book has shifted him to number Two. An awesome, spellbinding, captivating book that draws you in and has you laugh, cry (in a manner of speaking) and certainly left me in awe and wonder about the Mythology as it is a subject I know and understand very little about. I bought the book because Stephen Fry is the author and nothing more but now, I've a whole new interest to discover and learn about. If Stephen reads these reviews at all, I cannot thank him enough for the wonderful NEW JOURNEY I'm about to embark on.

In short - an awesome MUST READ Book!!!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • L. Turner
  • 11-14-17

Stephen Fry does it again

I love Stephen Fry as an audiobook narrator, and I feel he's at his best when narrating his own writing. I'm also a fan of Greek mythology in general, so this combination seemed too good to be true.

This book is a marvellous combination of in-depth detail and funny, at times almost irreverent tone. From the beginning of the universe from Chaos, on through the rise of the Titans, then the Greek pantheon, to mankind's beginnings and ongoing adventures, the Greek tales are lovingly recreated by this master wordsmith.

I feel that this will be one with endless re-listening value, as I've already forgotten some of the names and details of the endless naiads, oceanids and so on (but I'd like to remember them). Definitely worth a buy, you won't regret it.

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  • Derek
  • 11-24-17

Very Entertaining.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Stephen Fry delivers a masterful narration of stories which everyone should know and love. So much wisdom that is as relevant now as it was then.

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  • William
  • 11-19-17

Enjoyable

Not quite what I was expecting but I think I might be too used to the later of the myths Jason and the argonauts, Troy, Theseus etc. This telling of the earlier myths was very good.

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  • L. LYONS
  • 11-02-17

Classic origin stories

I've been a fan of Greek mythology since I was at primary school. I know a lot of these stories very well, so to hear that Stephen Fry had written a book about these myths that I love so well, I grew very excited.

And in fact, must admit, he's done a wonderful job in characterising these Greek gods, goddesses, titans and others.

However, I admit that when I was listening, it was difficult to separate these stories out of something that might have appeared in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Partly because Stephen Fry, that most wonderful narrator, will always be the voice of the Guide in my head.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • D Coleman
  • 11-06-17

QI version of the classics

this is really how the classics should be told today!

this is not as good as Gaiman's re-telling of the Norse myths but its still a great listen.

it gets better the further in you go, his writing to begin with is a bit to many listing of names but as you get into the tales and deeds its much richer.

as mentioned it the title, is very much a QI version of re-telling, a few facts, a few jokes, a few pop culture references all read in Stephens harry potter style.

a good book, perhaps not as great as it could be but a sterling listen all the same.

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  • J. Reed
  • 11-15-17

Classic action.

Mr Fry delivers an excellent account of Greek Mythology. Classic story’s told in typical charming Fry fashion finding fiendishly fantastic forms for alliteration.
I look forward to him maybe doing a follow up for the age of hero’s.

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  • Chris
  • 12-15-17

Must Read!

Loved it! I would definitely recommend for everyone to read this. Some very beautiful stories in here. 😊

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  • Harlequin864
  • 12-14-17

Simply amazing. Educational and entertaining.

Listen to this if you have even a small interest in Greek myth! Actually, read it either way!

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  • jordan
  • 12-05-17

Great Listen

Brilliantly creative way to bring to life Greek Mythology. Stephen Fry was outstanding in both his writing and his telling.

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  • luke
  • 11-08-17

Enlightening, Captivating, Mystifying

My favourite audio book by far! Stephen takes us through the world of Ancient Greek mythology as if he were Homer himself. An absolute must for listeners of any kind. Thanks guys and I hope there is a second volume I can pre order!

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 11-27-17

Stephen as always gives a great performance

full of fun and history information Stephan makes ladies voices like pantamine dames
Not quite a page turner but good all the same

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  • Jon
  • 12-14-17

Great story

Great story and enjoyable. However, at times it was a bit disjointed. Although, very worthy to listen to and enjoyable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-17

very good

I loved the story it was very detailed and you could visualize everything that was taking place

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  • Adam
  • 12-07-17

Yes and no

Good retelling of the classic myths but could have done without the ridiculous dialogue and ridiculous accents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-17

Brilliant!

Almost Imposible to stop listening! Stephen Fry narrating his own work adds a special little flare to this enchanting retelling of Greek myth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-17

Steven fry is the best man ever

Buy this book. It is smart, fun, educational and above all weird.

I love this book and this man.

Bam

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  • Tim
  • 11-20-17

Classic myths charmingly retold

Warm retelling of myths, conveniently arranged with comments on their influence on the English language.

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-19-17

The only way to hear them

Loved Stephen Fry's passion and joy at sharing these well-curated myths. Best way to listen.